Katvaku, Kaṭvāku: 1 definition


Katvaku means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kaṭvāku (कट्वाकु).—(KHAṬVĀKU). A son of Vaivasvata Manu. Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa states that he was an ancestor of Ikṣvāku.

In the beginning Manu, alias Vaivasvata, had a son named Kaṭvāku. He was the first of kings and he ruled the world for a long time. On the banks of the river Sarayū he constructed a city called Ayodhyā. Ayodhyā was celebrated for its beauty and wise men proclaimed that it was more beautiful than the cities of the eight guards of the universe or the city of even Brahmā, the Creator.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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